Playlist 301 - Mar 4 2014

Beck's new album Morning phase has some great moments. My favourites would have to be where his father David Campbell's orchestrations add melancholy grandeur, just as JC Vannier's do on Histoire de Melody Nelson, Serge Gainsbourg's opus from 1970 (and an admitted massive influence on Beck).

Laurie Shaw has some killer garage pop tunes (Cork live shows upcoming), so have Vertical Scratchers, with a distinct Kinks flavour in their case, which is always good.

Eat Lights Become Lights' new record is another winner, reportedly taking influence from Moondog among others. We had the latter's wonderful 'Bird's Lament' this week, part children's tv theme, part tricksy avant garde genius. Also great to hear from Kev Hopper, ex-Stump, in his new band Prescott.

Damien Jurado plays Dublin tonight (Mar 5), his new album, Brothers and sisters of the eternal son, is one of the best of the year so far, brilliant from start to finish.

Some beautiful Italian soundtrack music from Nino Oliveiro and the late Riz Ortolani, thanks to Trunk Records (y'all really should become subscribers, it'd be worth your whiles). And Stanley Brinks with The Wave Pictures bringing some beautiful, breezy Jonathan Richman vibes - see below for Cork date, there's also a Dublin date the following night).

More on these pages as always.

Mar 4 2014 show w/ Laurie Shaw,Stanley Brinks & Wave Pictures,Serge G, Beck,Riz Ortolani,Polar Bear+ by Theundergroundofhappiness on Mixcloud

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Playlist 301
Tues Mar 4 2014
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Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Ballade de Melody Nelson
Beck - Wave
Laurie Shaw – Handbag (playing Cork Community Print Shop, Mar 9, w/ Morning Veils)
Vertical Scratchers – Turn me out
Elephant – Elusive youth
Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures – Spinola Bay (SB Vox) (playing Triskel TDC, Cork, Mar 14, w/ JohnofSilence & Freschard)
Moondog – Lament I “Bird’s Lament”
Prescott – Floored
Eat Lights Become Lights – Shapes and patterns
Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliveiro – Life saver girls (from the soundtrack of the film Mondo Cane)
Damien Jurado – Suns in our mind (playing Whelan’s, Dublin, Mar 5)
St Vincent – Digital witness
TEEN – Tied up tied down
Polar Bear – Be free (playing Gateshead Jazz Festival, Apr 6)
The Vincent(s) – Throne song (playing The Pavilion, Cork, Mar 15)
Warpaint – Disco//Very

*next week’s show will feature music from Man Forever, Glenn Gould & Golden Retriever, among others

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